I traveled around 18km when going home from the office.
I ride a public transportation.
And it took at least two rides to reach home. Sometimes it’s three or more, depending on the route.
Ten months ago, there was an announcement that a new bus will be out, serving commuters like me.
This bus will stop directly near my house. Meaning I only need one ride instead of 2-3 rides to reach home.
As for the fare? I don’t know yet. But we’ll find out soon.
They gave as the schedule for the bus.
It shows when it will arrive in a particular bus stop, and when it will depart.
It also shows the map sketch of the bus stop, and the route.
I work overtime that day. And the closest time for me to catch the bus is 9:15pm.
I’m excited to try this.
Just to make sure, I went to the bus stop before 9pm.
I waited for the bus until 9:15pm.
Still no bus.
I waited more.
9:50pm and there’s still no bus.
It’s getting late, so I decided to abort the bus-commute-scheme and just take on my regular routine.
I was kind of disappointed by what I experience.
There’s a schedule but they did not follow it.
I just hope it’s like Japan, where the transportations are time-bound.
But I’m not in Japan.
A few weeks after, I heard one of my officemates was able to ride the bus.
I heard the fare is a bit expensive. But I don’t care as of the moment. I just want to experience it.
And so here goes the second attempt.
And as usual, I went there early just to make sure.
As I walk going to the bus stop, I saw a bus passing by.
Did I miss the bus? But it’s too early.
The schedule says the bus should be here in around 15 minutes from now.
I’m 15 minutes early but why was the bus already here?
I ran, trying to catch the bus.
There’s a stoplight ahead, red light, all transpos are halted. I can still catch up.
I ran. And people along the way is wondering why I am running.
I feel ashamed.
So instead of running, I started to slow down until I am just like…walking. Walking fast.
The lights went green. The bus started to move.
All my fast-walking isn’t enough. The bus is way ahead of me.
I got another idea.
The next bus stop is just a few blocks away.
The bus might step there for a moment.
If I can get to the next bus stop, I might catch up.
I almost feel like running, but the feeling of shame weighs more.
I walk fast until I reach the designated bus stop.
I arrive at the location, and surprise…… there was no bus.
Am I mistaken? Is this really the next bus stop?
I checked on my phone, trying to pull the bus schedule and the bus route.
It is indeed correct. This is the right bus stop.
No bus? That’s fine.
Maybe that was a different bus. Remember I am 15 minutes early.
Maybe it was really the wrong bus.
I look at my watch.
Goodness! It’s almost time for the bus stop schedule. The actual schedule.
I walk fast going back to the first bus stop.
I arrive on time.
And surprise…..there was no bus.
Maybe that was the correct bus after all?
I went back to my original commute routine.
With complete disappointment, I just went on to my usual commute routine.
But eight months after, I saw an update of their schedule.
And somehow, was encourage again to try it.
7:15pm is the schedule time for the bus to arrive.
I went there around 7pm.
And before I was able to reach the bus stop, a bus passes by.
This is the same situation as before.
Should I ran and try to catch it again?
I decided to just proceed to the designated bus stop and waited there as planned.
And I did.
At 7:30pm, the bus arrived.
And I was able to ride it.
Less passengers. It’s almost empty.
Array of TV monitors along the seats for easy viewing of movies.
And the fare? It’s the same amount with my usual commute route.
It’s a convenience for me.
This is my sketch while riding.
The lines are a bit wobbly due to the bus moving and stopping.